Magic. The theatre is magical in its very honesty and humanity. Sarah Ruhl is a magical writer. I have always loved magical writers, ones whose love of the language is strong and evident. I love John Guare and Tom Stoppard and now I love Sarah Ruhl too. So wild horses couldn’t have kept me from going to the magical tent in the orchard that is PS/21 to see her Eurydice.
I recognized Ruhl’s magic immediately in the first play of hers I saw – the superb WAM Theatre production of Melancholy Play in Pittsfield this past November – and so did David Anderson, the artistic director of Walking the dog Theater, who immediately started reading her works to find a play that would suit his company. His selection of Eurydice was perfect, as are all the choices he and his ensemble cast have made in this remarkable and moving production.
Because of my hectic summer reviewing schedule, the only practical time for me to attend the show as at their very first public preview, so some of what I write about here may be different from what you see, but I have no doubt that what you see will be just as perfect.